Colin MacKenzie

Colin MacKenzie

Colin MacKenzie


Patent Attorney


  • Specialisation

  • Bio

    Colin MacKenzie’s involvement with intellectual property law spans three decades. Colin qualified as a mechanical engineer in 1982 and worked for a company specialising in the design and manufacture of military equipment.

    In 1984 Colin joined Adams & Adams and qualified as a patent attorney in 1988. Colin’s primary areas of practice relate to the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent and registered design applications both locally and abroad. His areas of speciality are mechanical engineering and the nuclear industry. More recently he has also been involved in assisting foreign based clients with the management of their patent and design portfolios in other African countries.

    Colin was the chairman of the Patent Department of Adams and Adams and served on the management committee of the firm for about fifteen years.

    Colin is a member of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law and has served on the Council and as the president of this organisation. He has also served as a lecturer and an examiner in for the Patent Board exams in the subject “Drafting of Patent Specifications”. Colin is still very active in the training of young professionals entering the profession.

  • Academic

    • BSc Eng (Mech) – University of Witwatersrand | 1982
    • BProc – University of South Africa | 1987

  • Qualifications

    • Qualified Patent Agent | 1987
    • Admitted Attorney  | 1988
    • Registered Patent Attorney | 1988

  • Credentials

    • SA Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) – Fellow and Council Member
    • Examiner in the “Drafting of Patent Specifications” examination | 1999-2000
    • International Federation of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) – Member
    • The Legal Practice Council (LPC) – Member